KATHMANDU, Feb 27: The Himali Conservation Forum has allocated a budget of over Rs 6.8 million for conservation efforts of red panda in Taplejung this year.
Red panda, known as ‘Habre’ in Nepali, is a rare species and has been classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. According to Forum Program coordinator Ramesh Rai, the organisation has been working for the conservation of red panda since 2016.
The animal is naturally shy and has attractive bodily features. It mainly survives on bamboo shoots and has roughly the size of a domestic cat. It is found in 23 districts of Nepal including Taplegjung. In the district, the Forum works in coordination with Red Panda Network.
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